Top 10 beaches of Mauritius - The best to have fun, a safe swim or just a roti
 

The 10 best beaches in Mauritius, why and how to

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The way I should start this post is saying that there are so many “best beaches in Mauritius” that is almost impossible to select one or the other. Keep in mind that some of them can only be used by the resort guests.

The list below includes beaches accessible to the general public as well as the resort guests

I got invited to a Mauritian wedding.

Nothing unusual you may say.

True.

Till I found out it would last 5 days!!

I decided to add a couple of weeks and explore the island especially the world famous beaches.

I rented a car and I had the freedom to move around as I pleased. Mauritius is not a big island, although I would suggest to visit the North and the South from 2 basis (more details in the accommodation section)

I checked few books and websites. I made my beach wish list before flying there. I felt, however, I was missing something. The local knowledge.

Well, I was very lucky. In my first week I had 5 days in a Mauritian wedding. Plenty of time to talk with the locals and take down notes on the best beaches

Here below what I discovered

The sequence is not following any ranking. As the Mauritians would say, take it easy and just enjoy, there is not top or bottom

Trou aux Biches Beach

When I was thinking about this list I had no doubt to include Trou aux Biches as one of the best beaches in Mauritius. There are many reasons and ultimately the two adjective I would use for this place are peaceful and beautiful, what I would expect from heaven, if there is one

Imagine a white sand beach, palms and blue sky for most of the day. Yes, because the north coast of Mauritius is famous to have the highest the percentage of sun even through the winter months (winter can be still 30 degrees by the way)

Mauritius_20150827_992_Beach_ Canoe_ Mauritius_ Pirogue_ Sunset-minTrou aux Biches Beach is one of my favourite beach in Mauritius

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Walk on the main road up few meters to find the best street food in Mauritius. Wait for the sunset to get the best photos of the island. Want more?

Mont Choisy Beach

It can be seen almost as an extension of Trou aux Biches Beach, on the far east side. It is instead a different beach surrounded by a green park, a perfect spot for a morning run if you are around (I used to come here almost every second day for my daily jogging)

There are few street food stalls that open in the late morning. It gets quite busy in the weekend with the locals. Definitely an interesting spot to visit.

On the west side of the beach there is also a Hindu temple area which can be a great subject for some travel photography

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Mauritius_20150824_829_Beach_ Hindu_ Light painting_ Mauritius_ Mont Choisy Beach_ Sunset_ Temple_ Trou aux Biches-minMont Choisy Beach is probably the most photogenic beach in Mauritius

La Curvette Beach

I would probably not suggest a visit to this beach if you stay in the south of Mauritius, not really worth the trip. I am still not sure if I can say that La Curvette is one of the beaches in Mauritius however it is certainly one the best around Grand Baie.

It is walking distance from the centre of the village, very popular with weekly tourists

Mauritius_20150825_885_Beach_ Grand Baie_ La Cuvette_ Mauritius_ Sunset-minLa Curvette Beach for a fabulous sunset photo Notre Dame Aurilliatrice Chapel, Cap Malheureux

Cap Malheureux covers most of the north coast of the island. It was hard to decide which one is the top beach of this area. There is one that however stands out, not only because of its beauty but also for the famous Red Chapel. You may have seen it in some brochures or advertisement. The actual name is Notre Dame Aurilliatrice Chapel.

You can have a walk and take an ice cream and once you want to have a swim move to the extreme sides of this holy area for 2 beautiful beaches

Notre Dame Aurilliatrice Chapel, Cap Malheureux

I love how the life moves on in Mauritius, very slowly, as it should be

Belle Mare Beach

This is definitely one of the best beaches in Mauritius. There is a public section and from there you can walk around even along areas where the big resorts are. Again think about palms, white sand beach and absolutely calm water.

I could see only one drawback, the high concentration of big resorts. If you are not too keen on it probably this is not your place.

Is Belle Mare Beach the most beautiful beach of Mauritius? Read on..

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Blue Bay Beach

Everyone in Mauritius talks about it. It is indeed a famous area, not too far away from the airport. I was quite unlucky because by the time I was there the weather was not that great and I could not see the famous tones of blue of this beach.

If you come for a visit to this side of the island spare a couple of hours for a visit to Ile Aux Aigrettes (it’s a small island off the coast). Read more info here

Blue Bay Beach and the visit to the "old Mauritius"

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Gris-Gris Beach

This is one of the beaches that does not have calm water. Anything else is there. It’s in the souther point of the island and it’s not protected by the reef and you can therefore experience big waves and strong ocean currents .

This is not the best place for a swim however it is definitely one of the best beaches in Mauritius for its scenery, quite amazing and popular with daily visitors

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Le Morne Beach

This is for sure one of my favourite spot in the island.

Why is Le Morne one of the best beaches in Mauritius? Because it has the full lot. Start with the palms, keep going with the white sand and the calm water. There is more however. Walk to the southern side of the long beach and you have lots of sport activities available for you. This is the best spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Moreover you can take a small boat to the reef to enjoy some surfing as well. Do you need more?

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The secret cove – Black River Beach

If loneliness is your thing than Black River beach is your place.

You will not be able to see the sea from the road and this may explain why this is the most kept secret beach in Mauritius Island.

Once in Black River, drive into La Preneuse Street, it’s a tiny one. there are lots of majestic big villas on the beach side. After few minutes you will arrive to a tiny parking area with public access to the beach. This is the only way to enjoy Black River Beach, no other public access, as suggested by the locals

I was there for a couple of hours and I had the beach all for myself. A couple arrived only later in the afternoon. I felt a bit like Robinson Crusoe.

The water is just amazing. The reef is 300m away which makes the sea very flat and swimmeable.

What do you want more? Oh yes, add a fantastic view to Le Morne peninsula

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Flic En Flac Beach

I was not really sure if Flic en Flac should be included in the best beaches in Mauritius, and honestly I am still not. The real motivating factor here is the best roti you can find in the island right at the beach.

Flic en Flac beach, surely the top for the fantastic Roti

The beach is ok, nice as other I must say but than have a lunch break at the roti van facing the main road, the first one of a long line. The lady in the kitchen prepares the roti on demand, they taste so great. Ask for the chilly, hot but gorgeous!!

Accommodation

As soon as I received the wedding invitation I started googling the internet about accommodation in Mauritius. The result was…plenty of them.

After a few checks and searches I noticed that Hotels Combined was offering the best packages.

They were indeed very convenient. All inclusive. Some with beer and wine too!!

I wanted however to use the sunsets for photography….more than eating. I did not really want to miss the opportunity to experience some of these beaches with the best light and time of the day.

I could not really stay in a resort as the dinner time would have matched the sunset time.

So I decided to go for a b&b and to split my exploration in South and North.

I spent my first week in the south. From there I could see the south of Mauritius, the amazing Black River Gorges, the unique Grand Bassin and the capital of Mauritius, Port Louis with the marvellous market.

I found this little gem in Riviere Noire called Marlin Creek. Right in the middle of the village, it is a stone away from many restaurants and bars. I had the feeling to be in a family house more than an hotel. The owners, Christophe and Ingrid, are so welcoming and full of helpful tips. A great breakky is also included, perfect start of the day

Clean and spacious room, really very happy with it

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Week two I was in the north. I wanted to explore the road up to Grand Gaube and the world famous Grand Baie area.

I decided to go for the creole guest house. What is it?

It’s the Bleu De Toi Boutique Guest House in Pereybere.

I just loved the interior, really well thought, with colors and style that took me straight away to an higher level of relaxation (not sure I needed it LOL).

I suggest the Hope room, right next to the garden and pool.

I was also happy with my 10 minutes walk to the centre of town and the public beach.

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I noticed that booking in advance got me better deals. It probably depends on the seasons too.

 

Map of the best 10 beaches of Mauritius

Map of the 10 top beaches of Mauritius

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Stefano Ferro
Stefano is a cycling, movie and life style photographer with a big love for landscape & travel photography. When in Melbourne, his hometown, you will see him cycling around at sunset or sunrise looking for the best spot for a photo of this beautiful city. It is quite amazing how much photography gear he can pack on his bike :o

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    • ashvin
    • October 16, 2016
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    Good selection!

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    I briefly lived on Mauritius, by Black River beach. Definitely a good spot for people who are looking for peace and quiet. 😉 I also got to swim with dolphins almost every day though, just off the coast (due to my work) which makes Mauritius into a great memory for me!

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      I am sure you had a magical time there. I was blown away by just few weeks. Can’t imagine actually living there. It must have been magnificent and swimming with dolphins is certainly a unique experience.

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